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I seem to be well and truly stuck on the next part of Mysterious Ways, which sucks big time. Especially since I have a damn good idea what's going to happen in this part, but nothing seems to be working. Does anyone out there have any tips as for how the hell to pull myself out of this slump? 'Cause believe me, I could use the help right now...I may be able to offer pay back for help in drabbles, if the muse hasn't abandoned me...


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May. 18th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Hmm. A few tips:

--Write it. Even if it's horrible and awful, write it until you get through to the part where it starts to work. You can always go back and revise.
--Write it in the exact opposite way you've been thinking. Going to make it funny? Make it angsty instead. Going to make it angsty? Tell a few jokes first. Sometimes, I find I get stuck when it turns out my entire approach to a scene was wrong.
--Take a bubble bath and act the parts out loud while you soak. Er, maybe this works only for me...
May. 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
The two things I can suggest.
1. reread the whole story. It always makes me feel great.
2. watch your favourite DR.Who eps or read favourite fanfiction.

The only other things I can think of just breathe and eat chocolate:)
Don't worry Mysterious Ways is excellent and the words will come.
May. 18th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Write something completely different - whether that's approaching it from a different was as suggested by earlgreytea or writing a something new, anything to get you actually putting words down instead of looking at things and feeling blocked.

My friends have given me insane prompts for times like this along the lines of take this character and make them go camping and be 8 months pregnant - or write this scene in the style of days of our lives. If you need an insane prompt - "the TARDIS is out of jam and milk again and the Doctor is writing a shopping list"

Other than that, immersion therapy in either the fic itself, or the show, or sometimes the actor (I can see what's in my DT collection if you like to see if there's anything you might find inspiring can help.

Or thirdly and lastly, write it backwards. Write the next part and then come back and fill in the blanks.

The biggest part is continuing to get words on paper, even if it's not working you can always go back and revise if you need to and once you start getting it down the problem may well resolve itself.
May. 18th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I usually tell my authors to do two things (with variations):

1. Put it down. Walk away.
2. Go do something completely mechanical: do the dishes, walk the dog, walk yourself, jog, polish the silver -- something that isn't just sitting and staring at a screen (and that includes the TV). These avoidance activities are often referred to as "waxing the cat."

Take some time off and eat some chocolate or drink some tea or whatever relaxes you. (I soak in a bath AND eat chocolate, but that's me. I also watch DW episodes on my laptop, while I'm in the bath -- no, the laptop is sitting on a chair, not in the bath!)

Now go back and reread what you've written, and start writing. Like earlgreytea68 said, write anything. Write crap, but keep writing. Don't stop, don't go back and edit said crap. Just write. Write for a good hour (or whatever is your usual amount of time to write in a day). Now set it aside.

Rinse and repeat steps 1 & 2.

Now go back and reread what you've written, from the start, including the crap. By this time you will, hopefully, have an idea what to do either with the stuff you just wrote (which may include throwing it out -- and that's okay, do it!) or where to do from where you originally left off.
May. 18th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
*agrees with editrx *

I haven't done it for fanfic but with research writing, sometimes you just need to stop and get out of the house/apt/computer lab or wherever it is you usually write. Go outside, burn some energy, and practice some self care by doing something indulgent you might not normally do.
This usually works for me, once i'm relaxed a bit the words seem to flow much easier.

p.s. LOVE the icon io_aenaria!
May. 19th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
those are all very serious, well-thought-out suggestions.

my advice? devastatingly, painfully loud techno 24/7 until you're driven mad enough to write. can't turn off the music until you're done with the piece, either.
May. 19th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Try picking a fandom, flicking your iPod on to shuffle and write a ficlet for each song that comes up for the first ten. You only have till the end of the song to finish it, and then you can't go back and change it. Always makes me come up with ideas!!!
May. 23rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
i actaually suggest writing drabbles, it usually helps me. that and picture surfing, if i see a picture that inspires me i usually come up with a story line for it.
May. 23rd, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
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